In Chinese medicine, Autumn is associated with our lungs. Our lungs are all about breathing in good things that nourish us, and breathing out everything that doesn't serve us. In autumn, practice letting go of old and stagnant things that you don't need to hold onto anymore, whatever those "dead leaves" are to you. This will create more space for the positive in your life. @buddhadoodles
Shiitake's have been utilized by humans for thousands of years. Most well-known in their native habitat locations in regions of China, Japan and Korea, the mycelium has been a long revered food source as well as an age-old folk remedy for many ailments from the common cold to inflammatory related conditions.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the mushroom is identified as a food that has an "upward" movement on the "yang" energy of the body and is especially helpful for disorders associated with the lower body region. Often recommended for weak digestive systems, it is classified as having a "sweet flavor" which corresponds to the stomach and spleen meridians and organs. Referred to as hsiang ku in Chinese, a word describing it's fragrant aroma, the mushroom is customarily used as a circulatory system regulator believed to "activate the blood" as well as neutralize the toxic influences.
Shiitake mushroom, consumed as a food or supplement, has shown to have positive effects on reducing LDL cholesterol via the amino acid constituent eritadenine. In Japan and China it is also known to be helpful for reducing the risk of stroke and is a commonly prescribed treatment for high blood pressure.
For increased medicinal potency, it is also frequently consumed as a dietary supplement or hot water extract, usually produced from either the whole fruiting body, the mycelium biomass or isolated bioactive constituents, as is the case with the lentinan extracts.
Not only is the mycelium valued for its anticarcinogenic properties, but it is additionally effective as a natural anti-inflammatory, anitbiotic and antiviral agent. Both strengthening and restorative, shiitake is a recognized nutritional supplement for improving autoimmune disorders and is particularly healing for those with chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also therapeutically used to treat other depressed immune conditions such as AIDS, hepatitis, herpes, allergies, candida overgrowth as well as influenza or the common cold.
Urbanites are always staring at the computer working, or swiping away on their phones. Their posture is poor, added with lack of exercise, it can lead to pains and aches throughout the body. Chinese medicine believes aside from poor posture, pain is usually caused by congestion. Qi stagnation and blood stasis are common causes where qi and blood are congested or when there is qi and blood deficiency causing lack of nutrients in the muscles. As we enter winter, people are in and out air-conditioned places like the office, malls and restaurants, and especially on public transport where the vents may blow on you directly. If you're not careful and cold air may blow on your neck, back or knees which causes cold air to gather, leading to congestion of meridians and channels, ultimately building up to numbness and pain. This pain will improve if those areas of pain is warmed.
Want to avoid pains?
1- have an extra jacket in the office
2- avoid sitting near air vents
3- hot compress areas of pain
Around half of the couples I see in my office they are looking to conceive naturally. Some have started trying relatively recently and others may have already explored other options. Some patients are looking to conceive their first child, while others may be having difficulties having subsequent children. For female patients, the Chinese medicine approach will take a detailed look at the menstrual cycle in order to identify where improvements can be made. In conjunction with blood tests, scan results or Western diagnosis this leads us to a treatment plan. Similarly for men, the overall health is looked at to see what impact it is having on the quality of the sperm production.
If you have any questions about what treatment involves, how many sessions you’ll need, what we can treat etc, please contact us and we will be happy to give a personal reply.